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A couple of ways to find iDisk upload progress/speed Internet
Anyone who has ever transfered a large file to an iDisk knows how pathetic the copy dialog is. "(Closing file...) - Please wait" tells you nothing about how long it will take, nor how much data has been copied. Recently, I had to upload a moderately-large (30 meg) file over a slow (15 KB/sec) connection. After a half hour or so, I began to wonder what was going on with the transfer -- and the dialog box wasn't helping much.

I opened my Activity Monitor (in Utilities) and switched to the Network view -- I recently had restarted, so my total data sent was roughly equivalent to the data I was sending up to the iDisk. With no other applications sending data, my outgoing data speed was what was getting sent to the iDisk. This helped me verify that my data actually was getting transfered, and that a bunch of it had already gotten there.

Another method that I have used in the past is going to the iDisk and using the "Get Info" on a file that I'm in the process of transferring.

Why Apple doesn't give you a more detailed explanation of what is going on when you send files to an iDisk is beyond me. At least there are some other ways of figuring it out.
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Use Transit to copy.
Authored by: acalado on Feb 09, '06 08:07:05AM

I found that Transmit (http://www.panic.com/) accurately displays file copy progress when copying to iDisk. Way better than fighting with Finder until Apple gets their ass in gear and fixes the problem.



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Use Transit to copy.
Authored by: diamondsw on Feb 09, '06 09:38:43AM

You assume they will fix it at some point. Given how long they've sat on it thus far, I doubt it will ever be fixed.

Has anyone put this into RADAR?



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Use Transit to copy.
Authored by: ChillyWilly5280 on Feb 09, '06 10:52:05PM

What are the ftp settings for .mac? I've looked at mac.com, apple support, help, etc... with no luck.



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Use Transit to copy.
Authored by: athleticsfan on Feb 12, '06 12:50:29PM

There are no FTP settings for the .Mac iDisk. It ony supports WebDAV.



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Goliath also beats the Finder
Authored by: leamanc on Feb 09, '06 05:15:24PM

For those who don't want to shell out the dough for Transmit, the freeware WebDAV client <a href="http://www.webdav.org/goliath/">Goliath</a> is also much faster than the Finder for iDisk connections. It also looks like the OS 9 Finder in list view, making for a fun nostalgia trip.



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Goliath also beats the Finder
Authored by: Cosmo1 on Feb 12, '06 07:50:03PM

I tried Goliath... and on my iMac G5 (10.4) it's transfer speed was basically identical to the Finder's built-in iDisk syncing -- at least according to MenuMeters which logged about 45 kbps for each. What upload speeds were you able to achieve?



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A couple of ways to find iDisk upload progress/speed
Authored by: profolio on Feb 10, '06 03:07:50AM

To upload to "public" I use Filechute. Although it doesn't increase the speed the mere fact that you that you see a progress bar makes it seem faster. On the plus side, it generates a url you can mail so any platform user can access the download seemlessly. For backups, I use "backup" because it plays nice with idisk. But for the most part, I agree that Apple has to improve the speed that seems more like dialup than broadband.

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A couple of ways to find iDisk upload progress/speed
Authored by: rumirocks on Feb 10, '06 09:24:36PM

"Why Apple doesn't give you a more detailed explanation of what is going on when you send files to an iDisk is beyond me."

The reason Apple doesn't do anything of a professional nature is that is refuses to present itself to the world as a business-oriented company with its online services. Everything is oriented towards drunk first or second year university students dating and flicking photos around. Witness: no security with calendars in Groups, no verifiable security with its .Mac products other than an assumption that Apple protects its servers, sending your password for iDisk in the clear when using .Mac. To name the three of the most immediate obvious. Someone has to grow up in their design/marketing department before Apple will look beyond the ultra-cool world of their mid-California, but exasperatingly parochial, view of terra firma. I can hardly wait. Maturity would be a plus.



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A couple of ways to find iDisk upload progress/speed
Authored by: athleticsfan on Feb 12, '06 01:47:03PM

I disagree with the harshness with which you've portrayed Apple's current focus, but that's beside the point. I figure that since you've brought these up, you should at least be accurate:

"no verifiable security with its .Mac products other than an assumption that Apple protects its servers, sending your password for iDisk in the clear when using .Mac"

If you'd actually taken the time to check this, you'd see that whenever Apple sends your account info in the prefpane, logging in via browser or when syncing your sensitive keychain data it's sent over port 443 using SSL.



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A couple of ways to find iDisk upload progress/speed
Authored by: ayersa on Feb 12, '06 04:32:44PM

another utill i use alot and is really helpfull, also free, is menumeters. http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/ there are monitors for cpu load, disk usage, and networking... i love the software.



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